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South-East European Film Festival Business Conference 2010

Why not be as creative about bringing your vision to the screen (and to audiences) as you are in creating the vision itself?

Monday, May 03, 2010
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Executive Dining Room, Gold Hall B208
UCLA Anderson School of Management UCLA Anderson School of Management
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Registration is $75 ($20 for students and $50 for UCLA alumni) -- reserve your space now.

With money for independent filmmaking becoming even more scarce and with many U.S. studios closing down their in-house specialty divisions and reducing the number of films they release, it is important (in fact it is essential) that independent filmmakers look the world over to find new sources of funding, new ways to stretch that funding, new platforms to showcase their final products, and new media solutions to finding the audience for their films.

The half day seminar will include discussions on the following:

  1. How to access and structure financing for domestic and international productions;

  2. Challenges and opportunities -- perspectives on studio productions, independent films, and location filming;

  3. Using local governmental incentives, banks and currencies;

  4. What to expect when producing overseas including the use of local crews, stages, post-production facilities and locations, and the legal and business practices involved;

  5. How to find distribution, generate interest and “get the word out” to both specialized and general audiences, and utilize new media in the marketing mix.


Richard Soames, former chairman, consultant Film Finances

Mace Neufeld, producer, Mace Neufeld Productions (“Invictus”, “The Sum of All Fears”, “Clear and Present Danger”, “Patriot Games”, “The Omen”);

Ron Yerxa, producer, Bona Fide Productions (“Cold Mountain”, “Little Miss Sunshine”, “The Switch”, “Election”, “King of the Hill”);

William Wilson III, Producer (executive produced all 3 “Santa Clause” films for Disney; “One True Thing” for Universal; supervised European production on the mini-series “War and Remembrance”);

Greg Schenz, Senior VP, Legal and Business Affairs at Endgame Entertainment (“The Brothers Bloom”; “An Education”).

Nelson Gayton, Executive Director of UCLA Anderson Center for Managing Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports.

Jonathan Handel, entertainment lawyer, author and professor.

Rob Aft, founder, Compliance Consulting.

Jeffrey Winter, co-president, New American Vision.

From New York:

David Zellerford, executive producer, Eyepatch Productions, in-house production for Ogilvy & Mather.

From Europe:
Corina Suteu, director, Romanian Cultural Institute New York;

Amra Baksic-Camo, producer and director of Cinelink co-production market at Sarajevo Film Festival.

Artan Minarolli, filmmaker and director of the Albanian Film Center (“Moonless night”, “Alive!”).

Bogdan Brkic, new media entrepreneur and principal, Agena and HugeMedia ad agencies, Belgrade.


Rebecca Keegan, author ("The Futurist - The Life and Films of James Cameron"), entertainment journalist (TIME magazine, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times);

Rob Aft, founder, Compliance Consulting;

Vera Mijojlic, founder, SEE Fest.

Cost : Conference registration is $75 ($20 for students and $50 for UCLA alumni)

Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Anderson Center for Global Management/CIBER, UCLA Center for Managing Enterprises in Media, Entertainment and Sports, South-East European Film Festival Los Angeles

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